Brunch Reception

posted 3 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Brunch reception or dinner reception?
    brunch : (17 votes)
    68 %
    dinner : (8 votes)
    32 %
  • Post # 2
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    We had a brunch reception and it was AWESOME.  We did it at the Peninsula Hotel in downtown Chicago after getting married at Rockefeller Chapel at the U. of Chicago.  

    We had a ballroom and an outdoor terrace to ourselves (80 people), with bars in both places.  We had beer, wine, champagne, bloody marys, and mimosas.  We did an amazing buffet with everything you could ever want for brunch, and also had wedding cake.

    We really didn’t want the traditional wedding with thumpety-thump music and dancing and a screaming DJ – it’s not us at all.  We also didn’t want the normal crappy banquet food that gets served at weddings.  We didn’t have any dancing, and just had music softly playing in the background.

    I think that as long as you have good food and drink, people can entertain themselves!  We all had a great time.  Our ceremony was at 10:30, then people went to the hotel and brunch started a little before noon.  We left about 4:00 and there were still a few people hanging out on the terrace.  It was so nice – we had a suite at the hotel for the night, so we relaxed, took a bath and a nap, and ordered room service dinner.  Then we left for our honeymoon the next morning.

    The only negative was having hair and makeup start at 5:00 a.m., but even that wasn’t a big deal – I was so excited I sprang right out of bed!

    ETA:  I felt like our brunch was very classy without necessarily being “formal.”  It was at a 5-star hotel, and was first-class all the way, but still felt easygoing.  It was a sunny July day, so it was really perfect.

    Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We had a brunch reception and it was amazing!  Here are some of the details of our wedding.

    It was held at a beautiful golf course, just outside of Calgary, Alberta – http://www.sirocco.ca <br />The leaves just started to turn so it was just beautiful with all the large windows surrounding the rooms.  Also because we got married 1 week after the course closed for the season we got an amazing deal.  We would not have been able to get married there during the summer.  Worked out perfect, as we got marred on our 5 year dating anniversary.<br /><br />9:30am – BMs and I arrived at the course to take photos and save some time between the ceremony and reception.<br />10:00am – Ceremony – Short and sweet, with a harpist.  She continued through “cocktail hour.”<br />10:15am – Photos and “cocktail hour” for the guests.  They were treated to coffee/tea/juice and pastries<br />11:00am – Reception started.  We had a beautiful buffet set up with a huge array of items.  Actually there was more food than what we had asked for, and much more selection.  <br />12:00pm – Jazz band began playing.  No dancing, but that was the reason for having a brunch.  We are not dancers and DH is very shy and does not like attention, so this was our compromise.<br />I can’t recall the timeline after this, but we had a photobooth, cut the cake and visited our guests.  We also gave out 2 drink tickets per person, and because it was during the day, we actually had to try and give out the extras because not a lot of people used their 2 tickets.  That was just for alcohol, all other beverages were included.

    We were all packed up by 4, and then had everyone back to our house for dinner.  We had our favourite Thai restaurant cater and filled the fridge with an assortment of beers/alcohol.  I still get compliments on how fun our wedding was, because it was different and the food was amazing, plus the amount of time we got to spend with our guests was great.  We had many guests from OOT who didn’t mind this set up at all.  I would definitely recommend having something other than the wedding, such as a breakfast the next day, or if you want to do a dinner the same night, it was a lot of fun.

    We still had a “formal” vibe, but it wasn’t stuffy and the guests also appreciated that.  Everyone wore what they would have worn to an evening affair, and I had a 2nd dress I wore in the evening that was a cocktail style white dress. 

    Feel free to ask me if you have any more questions!

    Post # 4
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    emi11:   We’re going to have a brunch reception at an elegant country club.   Our guests are thrilled and everyone seems pleased at the timing – it’s on a Sunday so even people flying in are able to leave well in time to be home Sunday evening.

    We’re having an hors d’oeuvres and mimosa hour ahead of the reception, too.  

     

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN

    emi11:  I will be having a brunch/lunch reception. We will be getting married around 10am and, having taken most pictures beforehand (because we have to be out of the venue at 11), then we will head to a restaurant for our reception. It is a very small affair. The place where we will be eating starts serving lunch at 11am but they serve brunch until 3pm, so our guests can choose either.

    I went to a wedding about 10 years ago that was at about 10am and they served breakfast, they may have intended it to be brunch, but it was all breakfast foods (even fruit loops and lucky charms for the kids).

    Post # 7
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    emi11:  I see nothing wrong with it and I envision fancy for a brunch wedding actually.  If your guests are coming from afar, I’d make a wedding website with a list of ideas for them to do the day before and right after the wedding just so they can make their trip more filled or more like a vacation.  Maybe another group activity, like a tour the day before or something.  They probably want to see you more than just the reception.

     

    When I had a wedding planned that required flying for all guests, I had a 3 day event planned to “make it worth their money” so to speak – Friday night pizza party, wedding/reception, then white water rafting and lunch on the last day.  Even then it was not enough for my mom.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN

    emi11:  There will only be about 20 of us but I dont imagine it would be any more trouble than others who had a ceremony in one place and a reception in another. Just provide good directions, if you need to have it in more than one place.

    Post # 15
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    Ryansgirl:  I am doing a wedding similar to yours! And it sounds wonderful! I’m excited for my brunch wedding! I think it’s nice to have something different than your tipical “club” dancing atmosphere and can be very elegant. 

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